News Review - 21st February

Date: 21/02/2024
Author: Simon Cronin
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

In this week's 'News Review' we have news that Manchester and Greater Manchester remain in top positions in the fDi Intelligence European Cities and Regions of the Future 2024 report. Manchester emerged as The Top Large UK City overall, as well as the top UK city for Economic Potential and top five for Business Friendliness. 

Business Live reports on a tough start to the year for North West firms with administrations at the highest level for four years and a wealth management firm that is planning to establish a new base in Manchester city centre.

The Business Desk has news that approval has been given for Manchester Metropolitan University’s plans for a new library at All Saints on Oxford Road and that a civil and structural engineering firm has been appointed to work on the redevelopment of two multimillion-pound historic buildings in Rochdale and Heywood.

Innovate UK has announced that nine colleges across Greater Manchester will receive funding from the Further Education Investment Fund. Several new initiatives will be introduced via the project including the creation of Innovation Centres in each of Greater Manchester's ten boroughs. 

Across Greater Manchester, Marketing Stockport reports that the town’s new state-of-the-art transport interchange will open to passengers on 17th March, with its rooftop park opening the following day and the Manchester Evening News looks at a masterplan that will shape the future of a Tameside town. Bolton News reports Bolton will take part in a trial for a 24-hour bus service starting in the summer. Wigan Today has news that construction work has begun on a new £6.4m unit at Wigan Infirmary.